The trouble with writing a homemaking blog is that you can sometimes be tempted not to show any makeovers until they are complete, perfect and established. But that would mean an awfully long time in between posts so I’m not going down that route. Instead I’m making a choice to show progress, in all its messy glory. I love progress stories and seeing how things are coming along. Besides, once something is finished, complete and needs nothing else doing to it it’s slightly over. Which would mean I’d have to start writing about fashion and NOBODY wants that!
This is a corner that I like. I like it because it is right outside the back door by the kitchen and has a nice view. Well, it had the potential of a nice view but the scraggy beech had to go.
As you can see the scraggy beech went and in its place I put (yes it was me, I lifted it in) two pieces of trellis that my Dad had fashioned together when we were at the other house. It gives this corner of the terrace a sort of structure and enables me to grow climbers up it. I have four Clematis vying for its attention and a Jasmin that shall be trained to make its way along the top of the wall. The Clematis, when they are tall enough, I’ll train along some some wooden beams that I’ll attach to the trellis and then to the house a few feet away. Doing this will give us shade in this spot a few years down the road and with four Clematis growing at once it shouldn’t take toooo long.
The trellis needed touching up so before the climbers begin to have their way I gave it a quick coat of Cuprinol, Garden Shades in ‘ Pale Jasmine’. If you’re looking for garden paint then you’ll find no better than this (they are not paying me). I would highly recommend it.
The tallest Clematis was tied to the trellis using garden string, I favour this over twine or rubber ties as it is gentler on the plant, I like the look a lot more and it’s also cheaper. Win, win.
In the bed surrounding this corner I’ve got two white rose bushes (David Austin ‘Claire Austin’) , foxgloves, hydrangea, lupin and peonies.
And, on a misty but warm morning such as this it is a lovely spot to have a few swigs of coffee while the twins eat their breakfast.
It’s coming along, it’s making progress and I’m glad I didn’t wait before showing you. If your own outside space is this size then work with climbers, bushes and taller plants like foxglove. In a few weeks this bed will be packed with colour and seem so full and blowsy. It’ll also smell great due to the presence of the roses, peonies and, in particular, the Jasmine but I’ll have to wait for that one as the plant I bought was teeny.
My vision for this spot is a shaded, flowering, scented nook that will be great for breakfast, lunch or tea or even a barbeque as we currently keep the grill just to the side of this picture.
A glass of Elderflower and Prosecco here once I’ve put the twins to bed in the evening sounds like a nice treat too……..did I tell you we have Elderflower growing?
Ahhhhhhhh, who wants to know how to make cordial?????
I’ll get on the case.
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